Contracting with public authorities? Here's what may change soon

Contracting with public authorities? Here's what may change soon

There's plenty going on in the world of public procurement at the moment. Here's what you need to know:

EU procurement directives

On 19 September 2014, the government issued its consultation on how it is looking to transpose the new 'Public Sector Directive'.

When the Directive becomes part of UK law, public authorities will need to adhere to new rules when buying goods or services. The government is aiming to implement the new Directive for all procurements, except clinical services, earlier than the 2 years required by the European Union.

You need to be quick with your thoughts though: the consultation closes on 17 October 2014.

In the meantime, here's a table showing where the details for the procedures are set out in the old and new regulations:

Type of procedure: Public Contracts Regs 2006: Public Contracts Regs 2015:
Open procedure Reg 15 Reg 27
Restricted procedure Reg 16 Reg 28
Competitive procedure with negotiation/ negotiated procedure Reg 17 Reg 29
Competitive dialogue Reg 18 Reg 30
Innovation partnership No equivalent Reg 31

(After weeks of high-level discussions with

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